Freya Ross is a Scottish distance runner who competes in track, cross-country and road events at an international level. Her greatest achievement to date is finishing 44th in the Olympic marathon in 2012.
Freya is interested in food and healthy eating and has written a recipe book full of foods she eats on a regular basis. This book is available to buy through the Recipe Book page on this website.
Born Freya Catherine Murray on 20th September 1983, she was an active child and enjoyed playing lots of different sports as a youngster, including gymnastics, badminton, swimming and snowboarding. Her older brother and sister were members of the local athletics club (Lasswade Athletics Club) and when Freya was old enough she joined too.
Freya started out in athletics at the age of eight, and she tried lots of different events, but found distance running, which would have been about 800 metres at that age, was what she enjoyed the most. So she stuck at it and gradually the other sports fell by the wayside. Freya was coached by David Hand and competed for Lasswade Athletics Club until the age of sixteen when she changed coach to Carol Sharp and joined Edinburgh Athletic Club (Edinburgh Woollen Mill at that time).
The first time Freya remembers thinking she wanted to be more than a club runner was when her brother was selected to run for the Scottish Schools Cross country team. He got his white tracksuit, with Scotland written across the back, and that sparked Freya’s ambition to compete internationally. The first time she competed for Great Britain was in 2001 in the European Cross Country Championships.
While attending Heriot Watt University Freya competed for the University athletics club, and held the position of Athletics club treasurer for a number of years. She also met her husband, Michael, through a mutual friend on the team.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Structural Engineering with Architectural Design in the summer of 2005 she moved to the North East of England and took a position as a Graduate Structural Engineer with the multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Cundall. Freya continued to work part time for Cundall until October 2012 when she moved back to her native Scotland with Michael. Freya currently works as a Business Development Manager for a running events company.
While in the North East, Freya was coached by both Ian Whyte and Lindsay Dunn and competed for Chester-le-Street and District Athletic Club. Freya met her current coach Steve Jones on a visit to Boulder Colorado in 2008, and he has guided her in her athletics development since the summer of 2009.
Freya represented Scotland in the 5000 metres and 10000 metres in the Commonwealth Games in 2010, where she finished 5th and 7th respectively. Her first marathon was the 2012 Virgin London Marathon where her aim was to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Finishing 13th overall in a time of 2:28:10, and 2nd Brit, she didn’t make the team, but was subsequently awarded a place due to the withdrawal of the injured Paula Radcliffe. In the Olympics she was the first British athlete home in 44th place in a time of 2:32:14.